Make way for the Tampa Bay Vipers. That’s the name chosen for Tampa Bay’s new XFL team, which will train in Plant City and play in Tampa.
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Aug 21, 2019 3:21 pm ET | Updated Aug 21, 2019 3:22 pm ET
TAMPA, FL — Make way for the Tampa Bay Vipers. That’s the name chosen for Tampa Bay’s new XFL team, which will train in Plant City and play at Raymond James Stadium.
The XFL revealed the names and logos of the league’s eight inaugural teams Wednesday during a press conference in Stamford, Connecticut, that was streamed simultaneously across XFL.com, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com and the league’s social channels.
“The XFL is about football and fun, and our team identities are intended to signify just that,” said XFL president and COO Jeffrey Pollack. “Now it’s up to our fans and players to help write the story. What happens on the field and in the community in the years ahead will determine the true spirit of each team.”
Eight short films were produced to share the origin story of each team name.
Tampa Bay Vipers introduction:
In the shadows they wait. Demons, born in darkness. Hunters by instinct. Cold-blooded by nature. Their bite, unavoidable. Their grip, inescapable. They slither and stalk their competition. Luring all who challenge them, into the jaws of defeat. The Tampa Bay Vipers. Ready to strike.
Team-branded merchandise will be available at XFL.com beginning Saturday.
Last week, the team announced that the team will practice at the Plant City Stadium, which was built in 1987 to be the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds subsequently moved to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.
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